New CDIP Program Adds Almost $1 Million in Lost Revenue to Hospital's Bottom Line

Aug 08, 2005, 01:00 ET from Documentation Solutions

    WYANDOTTE, Mich., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A coder training program can do
 more than just train, it can actually increase a hospital's bottom line. If
 you don't think so, look at the numbers generated from a recent four-week
 training program: CMI up a tenth and reimbursement up $100,000 in the first
 month.
     Henry Ford Hospital Wyandotte (HFHW), in Wyandotte, MI, is a 296-bed,
 acute general medical/surgical hospital. HFHW officials felt that their case
 mix index (CMI) did not accurately reflect the severity of patient illness,
 nor the intensity of services provided.  The hospital performed coding quality
 audits to identify possible causes of the inaccurate CMI, and found that
 coding specificity was hampered by inaccurate physician documentation.
     To correct this problem, HFHW contracted Documentation Solutions of
 Westland, MI.
     "Physician documentation is the determining factor in code assignment and
 reimbursement," said Mary Mills, Documentation Solutions' president and CEO.
 "This greatly affects a hospital's bottom line."
     The Documentation Solutions staff implemented their company's copyrighted
 Clinical Documentation Improvement Program (CDIP) to solve the problem. The
 CDIP began with a week of education for the clinical documentation specialist
 (CDS) staff. The trainers reviewed the program and the responsibilities of the
 CDS, DRG assignment opportunities, and appropriate physician query techniques.
 The CDS staff was responsible for completing a worksheet on every medical
 record reviewed.  This worksheet is used to communicate with the physician
 regarding documentation issues which can adversely affect the hospital's
 reimbursement.
     The rest of the program was spent following the documentation specialists
 on the floor to ensure they were completing the worksheet correctly and asked
 appropriate physician queries.
     In February, the month Documentation Solutions' implemented their CDIP
 program, the initial CMI for the CDIP charts was 0.9602.  The final CMI for
 the CDIP charts was 1.1275.  This is an increase of 0.1673.
     In March, after completion of the CDIP training, the initial CMI for the
 CDIP charts was 0.9137, and the final CMI for the CDIP charts was 1.1651 -- an
 increase of 0.2514.
     Amazingly, HFHW earned a return on investment for the Documentation
 Solutions training fee before the trainers even completed the four-week
 program -- the program paid for itself in three weeks.
     The February total is $91,551.46.  The March total is $205,125.95.
 
      Contact:
      Scott Sigler
      415-343-3972
      scott@taxicommunications.com
 
 

SOURCE Documentation Solutions
    WYANDOTTE, Mich., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A coder training program can do
 more than just train, it can actually increase a hospital's bottom line. If
 you don't think so, look at the numbers generated from a recent four-week
 training program: CMI up a tenth and reimbursement up $100,000 in the first
 month.
     Henry Ford Hospital Wyandotte (HFHW), in Wyandotte, MI, is a 296-bed,
 acute general medical/surgical hospital. HFHW officials felt that their case
 mix index (CMI) did not accurately reflect the severity of patient illness,
 nor the intensity of services provided.  The hospital performed coding quality
 audits to identify possible causes of the inaccurate CMI, and found that
 coding specificity was hampered by inaccurate physician documentation.
     To correct this problem, HFHW contracted Documentation Solutions of
 Westland, MI.
     "Physician documentation is the determining factor in code assignment and
 reimbursement," said Mary Mills, Documentation Solutions' president and CEO.
 "This greatly affects a hospital's bottom line."
     The Documentation Solutions staff implemented their company's copyrighted
 Clinical Documentation Improvement Program (CDIP) to solve the problem. The
 CDIP began with a week of education for the clinical documentation specialist
 (CDS) staff. The trainers reviewed the program and the responsibilities of the
 CDS, DRG assignment opportunities, and appropriate physician query techniques.
 The CDS staff was responsible for completing a worksheet on every medical
 record reviewed.  This worksheet is used to communicate with the physician
 regarding documentation issues which can adversely affect the hospital's
 reimbursement.
     The rest of the program was spent following the documentation specialists
 on the floor to ensure they were completing the worksheet correctly and asked
 appropriate physician queries.
     In February, the month Documentation Solutions' implemented their CDIP
 program, the initial CMI for the CDIP charts was 0.9602.  The final CMI for
 the CDIP charts was 1.1275.  This is an increase of 0.1673.
     In March, after completion of the CDIP training, the initial CMI for the
 CDIP charts was 0.9137, and the final CMI for the CDIP charts was 1.1651 -- an
 increase of 0.2514.
     Amazingly, HFHW earned a return on investment for the Documentation
 Solutions training fee before the trainers even completed the four-week
 program -- the program paid for itself in three weeks.
     The February total is $91,551.46.  The March total is $205,125.95.
 
      Contact:
      Scott Sigler
      415-343-3972
      scott@taxicommunications.com
 
 SOURCE  Documentation Solutions